German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA)
Last update of this source description: 7 May 2009, current as at 12 October 2011.
The GIGA’s main priority is research. In addition, the institute supports the advancement of junior researchers; provides consultation services to the media, the government, and civil society organisations; and makes information available to the public through its Information Centre. (GIGA Website, About us,, accessed on 7 May 2009)
Target group:
The GIGA defines itself as a think tank serving the academic, political and economic communities as well as the general public. (GIGA Website, About us,, accessed on 7 May 2009)
GIGA is a publicly financed research institution and an independent think tank for politics and economy. The central tasks of the institute are:
-         analysis of political, economic and social conditions and developments in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East;
-         conducting research on a high quality level in the area of area studies and comparative area studies, as well as support and development of regional studies in Germany;
-         competent counselling and information of politics, economy and society about events and developments in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. (GIGA charter, February 2007,, translation ACCORD)
The GIGA is jointly financed by the Federal Republic of Germany (Federal Foreign Office) and the State of Hamburg (Department of Economy and Labour). The budget is currently €6 million per year. (GIGA Website, About us,, accessed on 7 May 2009)
Scope of reporting:
Geographic focus:
Institute of African Affairs: Africa (without North African countries)
Institute of Asian Studies: Southeast Asia, China, Japan, Korea and India
Institute of Latin American Studies: Latin America
Institute of Middle East Studies: North Africa, Near and Middle East, Central Asia
Thematic focus:
The GIGA is focused on political, economic and social developments in Africa, Asia, Latin America, North Africa, and the Middle East. (GIGA Website, About us,, accessed on 7 May 2009)
Research Programmes: Legitimacy and Efficiency of Political Systems; Violence, Power and Security; Transformation in the Process of Globalisation
Reporting methodology:
GIGA publications follow scientific methodology.
The GIGA Working Papers series serves to disseminate research results prior to publication in order to encourage academic debate and the exchange of ideas. An objective of the series is to get the findings out quickly, even if the presentations are less than fully polished. Inclusion of a paper in the Working Papers series does not constitute publication and should not limit publication in any other venue. Copyright remains with the authors.
Publication cycle:
GIGA Working Papers: regular publication (100 issues between 2005 and 2009)
GIGA Focus: one issue monthly to each of the regions (Africa, Asia, Latin American and Middle East
GIGA Working Papers: mostly in English, a few in Spanish and German
GIGA Focus: in German
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Information on political, economic and social developments in Northern Africa and Middle East, provided by a German research institute. Languages: German, English
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